Road Tests Real world tests of Boxster S vs Nissan 350Z

0-60mph

Boxster S
6.1 s
Nissan 350Z
5.2 s

Top speed

Boxster S
166 mph
Nissan 350Z
155 mph

0-100mph

Boxster S
11.9 s
Nissan 350Z
13.8 s

Top Gear track time

Boxster S
1:28.70
Nissan 350Z
1:31.80

1/4 mile

Boxster S
13.4 s
Nissan 350Z
13.8 s

Nurburgring time

Boxster S
8:18.0
Nissan 350Z
8:26.0

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Porsche Boxster S

Reasons to consider the
Porsche Boxster S

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Faster top speed 166 mph vs 155 mph 11 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Slightly faster in the quarter mile 13.4 s vs 13.8 s Around 5% faster at the drag strip
Lighter curb weight 2,959 lb vs 3,370 lb More than 10% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Great lap time on the Tsukuba Circuit 1:06.40 vs 1:09.72 Around 5% great lap time on the Tsukuba Circuit
Higher redline 7,200 RPM vs 6,600 RPM Around 10% more revs
Faster to 200kph 18.9 s vs 22.8 s More than 15% faster to 200kph
Side view of Nissan 350Z

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Nissan 350Z

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Faster to 60mph 5.2 s vs 6.1 s Around 15% faster to 60mph

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Boxster S  vs
Nissan 350Z 
Brand Porsche Nissan
Year 2005 2002-2007

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 10.72 lb/hp 11.91 lb/hp
Maximum hp 276 HP 283 HP @ 6,200 RPM
Maximum torque 237 ft-lb @ 6,000 RPM 275 ft-lb @ 4,800 RPM
Max RPM 7,200 RPM 6,600 RPM
Engine placement Mid Front
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 3,200 cc 3,500 cc
Air compressor None None
Fuels
Gas
Bore/stroke 3.37 in / 3.07 in 3.78 in / 3.19 in
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,959 lb 3,370 lb
Width 70.9 in 71.5 in
Height 51 in 51.9 in
Length 170.4 in 169.4 in
Wheelbase 96.5 in 104.3 in

road tests

Boxster S  vs
Nissan 350Z 
Top speed 166 mph 155 mph
1/4 mile 13.4 s 13.8 s
0-60mph 6.1 s 5.2 s
0-100mph 11.9 s 13.8 s
0-200kph 18.9 s 22.8 s
Top gear time 1:28.70 1:31.80
20.6km nurburgring time 8:18.0 8:26.0
Tsukuba circuit time 1:06.40 1:09.72
Hockenheim short lap time 1:15.70 1:18.70
Drag coefficient 0.29 0.3

transmission

Drivetrain RWD RWD
Shift system Manual Manual
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6
Axle ratio 3.87:1 3.54:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Brembo Disc
Rear brakes Disc Brembo Disc
Front wheels 432/? 165 457/? 203
Rear wheels 432/? 203 216/? 180
Porsche Boxster S
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